DPR, stakeholders to examine sustainability in oil industry


The Department of Petroleum Resources has said the need to drive sustainability in the nation’s oil and gas industry through stakeholders’ environmental stewardship will be the focus of the forthcoming conference on health, safety and environment.



The Chairman, Conference Organising Committee, and Deputy Director, Health, Safety and Environment, DPR, Dr Musa Zagi, stated this during a press briefing ahead of the 18th edition of the International HSE Biennial Conference on the Oil and Gas Industry.



According to him, the conference serves to engender HSE awareness among stakeholders in the industry and still remains the biggest forum that brings HSE experts from both within and outside the country to share new ideas and experiences on HSE issues.



He said, “The HSE conference provides a platform for HSE professionals in the Nigerian oil and gas industry and other interested participants (local and foreign) to meet and share experiences relating to HSE issues arising from exploration and production, downstream and other related activities.



“The aim is to promote and entrench a safe and environmentally sustainable oil and gas industry in Nigeria.”



Zagi said the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu would deliver the keynote address at the opening ceremony of the conference, slated to take place in Lagos next week.



He said, “Bearing in mind that the oil and gas industry is global, it is expected that the various speakers and authors who have been drawn from all spheres of discipline will bring to fore their wealth of experience (local and international) as it relates to environment.



“During the three-day event it is planned that four plenary sessions will be held with various discussants who have been chosen from the industry based on their wealth of experience while 36 technical papers will also be delivered during the technical sessions by authors who have also been chosen by the Conference Planning Committee.



“We expect that the knowledge derived from the plenary and technical sessions would help provide further insight and approaches for addressing environmental concerns as well as increase awareness on practical global safety and environmental issues and innovations that would be beneficial to the Nigerian oil and gas industry.”
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